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Rachael F. Long

I'm a multimedia journalist from the Midwest with dreams to see the world and document it. I have a passion for telling the stories of those who may otherwise go unheard. 

THE STORIES

Residents of soon-to-close Aurora mobile home park plead with City Council for help

More than 50 residents facing eviction from a north Aurora mobile home park pleaded with City Council members for help this week, in another attempt to stop the park’s owner from forcing them out. “I feel like I’m abandoned. It’s breaking my heart,” Petra Bennett, a 17-year resident of Denver Meadows Mobile and RV Park, told Aurora City Council members Monday night. “But you, as the leaders of the city, have a choice to help low-income communities like us. So I beg you, choose.”
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The Impact Zone

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Southeast opens door to dogs, cat, lizard at Myers Hall

For residents of Myers Hall, the age-old excuse "my dog ate my homework" might finally carry some weight. Myers Hall is the home to Southeast 0s newest pet-friendly policy, and resident assistant Rachel Rigney is one of the first to take advantage, of making Southeast home to her 6-month-old orange tabby cat, Ollie. This is the first semester students have been invited to house their pets on campus, and Rigney said there are only a handful of pets living in Myers Hall (four, according to Dire

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Colorado’s Congressional incumbents easily hold on to their seats

Veteran Congresswoman Diana DeGette easily fended off progressive insurgent Saira Rao in the Democratic primary for Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, claiming about 72 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn held off opponents Owen Hill, a state senator, and Darryl Glenn, a county commissioner, in the 5th Congressional District primary. Lamborn had about 53 percent of the vote while his closest competitor, Glenn, had about 20 percent.

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Hickenlooper responds to cries against separating immigrant families. Activists call for public vigilance.

Hickenlooper responds to cries against separating immigrant families. Activists call for public vigilance. About 60 people chanting rally cries such as “Actions not words, John, actions not words” took to the Capitol Monday morning demanding that Gov. John Hickenlooper issue an executive order against human rights violations. And that he did. As the Trump administration enforces its “zero-tolerance policy” on illegal immigration, the term-limited Democrat joined governors in states like New Y

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Reaching New Heights: Southeast student to compete in 'American Ninja Warrior' national TV show

The ringing of Peyton Mogley’'s cell phone pierced the air on the afternoon of Thursday, March 22, disrupting a meeting she was having with her student government chief of staff. When Mogley saw the Los Angeles-based number calling, she knew it had to be one of two things: either it was a credit card company or it was the call she’d been waiting on since her sophomore year. Her “Hello,” was followed by a moment of pure disbelief. That’s because the man on the other end was Rod from “American Ni

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Southeast student working to raise transgender flag

Rane Belling wants to fly the transgender flag on March 31 over Academic Hall. The flag would fly below the United States flag on National Transgender Day of Visibility. Belling is doing all they can to give the students of Southeast a visual reminder of transgender visibility. As the graduate assistant for LGBTQ+ Education, Belling is highly involved in campus events which promote understanding and awareness of issues facing marginalized groups on campus. But now they are trying something ne

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Until We All Make It

Black History Month honors and remembers leaders in the African American community and their contributions to history. It celebrates black culture and it reminds us that the shortest month of the year is far from the least important. History books are filled with the names of these leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington and Thurgood Marshall. But what about those names you may not recognize, the ones creating change today? What about the ones in o

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Women's March participant thinks 'feminism is for everyone'

Another Women’s March took place in several cities across the United States on Saturday. The marches fell one year after millions took to the streets the day following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. No marches blocked the streets of Cape Girardeau over the weekend, but that didn’t stop Southeast students from making their voices heard at nearby marches. Freshman Eli Bohnert was one of those students who made his way to St. Louis to join friends in protest of what he said should be

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Devastation in Puerto Rico touches Southeast lives

Sojourner Truth’s poem, first delivered in 1851 at a women’s convention in Akron, Ohio, tells the story of the inequality she lived through as an African American woman in the 19th century. Her words echo a sentiment that many Americans - especially those with ties to Puerto Rico - may be feeling today. “Why did it take [the president] eight and a half days, almost nine, to waive [the Jones Act of 1920] for Puerto Rico, when Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens? That’s a fact that a lot of people in

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Website Design: The Impact Zone

After a four-month long investigation on the opioid epidemic in Southeast Missouri, myself and two of my colleagues put together a special series called, "The Impact Zone," which is an explanatory study of the opioid crisis in our region. Our design was inspired by the look of a clean, magazine layout which would allow the topic and its seriousness to be the center focus. I tried to embody that same design in the website I created (using Wix.com). 

Outstanding Women in Business

During the summer of 2017, I worked as an intern for the Denver Business Journal. Aside from writing regular content for the print edition, my big summer project was to profile 37 of Denver's most successful and "outstanding" women in business. In the span of just a few weeks, I created all the written content you'll find within this special 35-page report, which begins on PDF page 25.